That's according to Spanish football expert Alvaro Montero, who believes the Real Madrid outcast would be willing to leave the Bernabeu - but only for a move to the English top-flight.
"One year ago, I was in Washington with Zidane, the day he said it's better for him [Bale] to go today, better than tomorrow.
"The truth is there was only one option - China [Jiangsu Suning made an offer for Bale last summer]. He didn't want to go to China.
"He wants to return to the Premier League, but he earns €70m [five-year contract] at Real Madrid.
"There's no club in the world, after a player that has been two seasons without playing more or less, who can pay for that. It's a lot of money.
"So, I think it's going to be a tricky situation but I am afraid he's going to stay at Real Madrid."
Bale, who is contracted until 2022, has won the Champions League four times since joining Real from Tottenham in an £85.3million deal seven years ago.